Why God is Consciousness and the Mind, and How it Relates to Your Brain

by Joshua Tilghman on March 3, 2017

“For ye are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

The Tabernacle and 12 TribesMany people ask today, “Who is God?” Well, God is in you! And the Old and New Testaments declare it. We only have to make the leap from cultural assumption and literalism to true scriptural interpretation, which is all spiritual. Religion is far removed from this truth, but the spiritual person can easily see it. And it will easily resonate with you if you are one.

I want to make an important distinction between the Old and New Testaments at the beginning of this short post. The Old Testament is veiled with deep and complicated myth and allegory, while much of the New Testament is the unveiling of this myth and allegory through plain statements, especially where it concerns Paul.

One of the most important Old Testament concepts is the structuring of the tabernacle and the temple. Herein lies the blueprint for your biological anatomy as it relates to God and you.

There were three physical areas to both the tabernacle and the temple of God in the Old Testament: The outer court, the inner court, and the Holy of Holies. Whether it’s the tabernacle or the temple, it doesn’t matter. The basic template is the same. So the tabernacle in the wilderness and Solomon’s Temple portray the same spiritual make up that and actually represent the human brain.

I remember reading this from Bill Donahue’s site (http://www.hiddenmeanings.com/storiesjuly02.html) many years ago and suddenly some lightbulbs began going off. I had already come to know the Bible was not what we were taught, but Bill further illuminated some information for me. Below I will relay some of his information as well as adding additional information that will hopefully allow you to see it plainly too.

Let us first consider Acts 7:47-49:

“But Solomon built him [God] an house. Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

In other words, the writer of Acts is telling us that even though Solomon built God a temple, and the Old Testament book of Kings stated that God would dwell there with his people, it really wasn’t so, because God does not dwell in a building made from hands. Pretty plain, isn’t it? But the Acts writer still acknowledges that Solomon’s temple was built, right? Yes, but not literally. The Old Testament even made this plain, and the New Testament writer of Acts understood this. 1 Kings 6:7 states:

And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.

The allegory of 1 Kings is trying to tell us that the building went up in complete silence. Yes, the stones were prepared before, the writer says, but that is part of the allegory. The building went up in complete silence because as the Psalm writer tell us:

“Be still and know that I am God.” There was no literal building. God is within you, not anywhere outside of you. How can we be sure of this and really know that even the writer of Kings was speaking in Allegory? Because the Acts writer told us. All that we have to do is pay attention. The writer of Kings also stated that God’s presence filled the tabernacle. But the Acts writer tells us God doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, so how could God have done this? Do you see the contradiction? However the contradiction only comes when we see any of it as literal! When we realize it’s all allegory, it makes complete sense. Now consider how Paul further explains this to us:

“Know ye not that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you.” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

So again…Solomon’s temple was built in silence because it has to do with going within yourself to find God, which is accomplished through silent meditation. There wasn’t ever a literal temple. And even if there had been, the writer of Acts tells us it wouldn’t matter because God NEVER dwelled there. Even further, Paul drives the point home when he plainly tells us that your body is the temple of God.

The writer of the Gospel of Luke also speaks plainly about all of this. He states:

“…The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or lo there! For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you!”

Do you see? In one sense, the New Testament continues the allegory of the Old Testament because it states God’s kingdom will come on earth, as a seemingly an outward event, but then turns around and plainly tells us what it really means. Namely, that we aren’t to read it literally. (See my article HERE for further understanding that both the Old and New Testaments instruct us NOT to take the Bible literally).

Now that we have established a few things about where God is, namely, in you, we need to see what the Old Testament tabernacle and temple reveal to us in the allegory. Let’s ask ourselves, what need was there for the pattern that God gave to construct the tabernacle and temple? How does God dwell in you? Where is He, really? I stated earlier that the patterns of the tabernacle and temple relate to the human brain. So let’s break that down.

Like the tabernacle and temple pattern, consisting of the Holy of Holies, the Holy place, and the Outer Court, the human brain has a similar construct. The human head has three membrane layers beneath the skull that form a protective cover over the brain itself. They are known as the dura mater, arachnoid mater, and the pia mater. The dura mater is the outermost protective layer while the pia mater is the innermost protect layer and is connected to the brain itself. The arachnoid mater is a thin, delicate web-like structure in between. Bill Donahue argues that the veil which separates the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place is symbolic of this web-like structure known as the arachnoid mater. The pia mater, related to the Holy of Holies, covers the central nervous system, protects nerve tissue, allows blood to flow to the brain, and produces spinal fluid. In other words, without the pia matter, the brain itself has no life. I believe he is on to something.

Personally, I also believe God is consciousness, and the brain acts as a conduit of this energy instead of producing it. Consciousness is infinite, but when accessed by the brain it becomes limited by our ego. However, we are equipped with the potential to expand consciousness within ourselves as we learn to crucify the ego. This is why Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, the “place of the skull.” Everything happens inside our heads. Meditation is the key to expanding this consciousness and is the process of being still and getting to KNOW God. It is the process that John the Baptist symbolically represents as he said, I must decrease and He, Christ, must increase. Christ is the potential energy within us that rises as we crucify the ego, and therefore we decrease as He increases.

But let’s return to the tabernacle. We know from scripture that the twelve tribes camped around this tabernacle, which was supposed to house God’s glory. Interestingly, we have twelve cranial nerves which allow us to sense and make sense of our environment. They are the reason for our senses. And when you study the strengths and weaknesses of each tribe they bear a striking resemblance to the strengths and weaknesses we all possess as we go through life. But interestingly, the tribe of Judah, which produced the line of Christ, faces the east, towards the rising sun. According to position, this would be on the right side of the tabernacle, which means Judah symbolizes the right side of the brain. As we take time to go into silence, the light of consciousness has the potential to increase, and our right brain is affected. Our right brain houses intuition and creativeness, while the left brain is centered in logic, reason, and survival in the environment.

Consider a quote below by Luarie Wolfe on the expandinglight.org blog, in the article entitled, “How Meditation Changes Your Brain (https://www.expandinglight.org/blog/meditation/meditation-teacher-training/how-meditation-changes-your-brain):

“The cerebral cortex consists of two halves, referred to as the right and left hemispheres. The left hemisphere is the rational and logical side of the brain. It is concerned with analyzing, planning, evaluating and judging the world around us. It processes information related to language, math, logical reasoning, and it connects the self to the past and the future. In contrast, the right hemisphere is the feeling side of the brain. The right hemisphere is generally more creative and intuitive. It processes information related to spatial abilities, visual imagery, and is concerned with your experience in the here and now. (Springer and Deutsch, 2001)

What does all this have to do with meditation? Some of the earliest scientific studies of meditation investigated patterns of brain activity in the right versus left hemisphere. These studies found a greater degree of activation in the right hemisphere for meditators versus non-meditators. (Pagano & Frumkin, 1977; Earle, 1981) This increased activity in the right hemisphere leads to more creative intuitive thought and less verbal/analytical thinking. In addition, the meditator may experience a greater feeling of “being” rather than “doing,” since the left hemisphere is primarily involved with planning and organizational activities.”

If this is true, then obviously Bill Donahue really was on to something. Why else would the tribe of Judah, who the line that Christ comes through, be positioned on the east side of the camp, towards the rising sun? This is not a coincidence. The scriptural writers are trying to show us through allegory that we can become more connected to the power of primordial consciousness and God through the energy that Christ symbolizes in scripture, which is light…the light of consciousness. John tells us that Christ is the light. What light? The light of consciousness which illuminates us to the truth. And truth in scripture is light. And the rising sun has always been a symbol of this truth and light.

Bill Donahue was able to see that Paul was truly trying to explain to us that the Old Testament is really about you. Every character and event in the Old Testament is more of a psychology of your make up rather than about historical figures.

As I quoted at the beginning of this post, you truly are fearfully and wonderfully made, as the Psalm writer states. And this awe concerns your body! Specifically, the brain! There are plenty of articles on this site which relate to how meditation gets us closer to God and helps you enter the Holy of Holies. Feel free to use the search bar for related terms that you are interested in. I hope this short post has motivated you to delve into meditation.

If you want to read another interesting article related to some of this information concerning the brain and the great white throne of judgement from Revelation, consider Jacob Israel’s article focused on the cranial nerves:



{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Raymond Phelan March 4, 2017 at 4:59 am


Wow, this is truly an amazing article, and well needed to written. As always you cover everything in great detail and made it simple to grasp. I would urge your readers, Josh, to explore this article content with a view to taking up the practice of meditation on a daily basis! What you have written makes absolutely perfect sense in every detail. I’m delighted that this vital subject of meditation is highlighted in the manor which your article has. For certainly without access to the right side brain we remain spiritually asleep. Meditation brings about total brain coherence, or biblical full stature of life; it’s what elevates the brain to a cosmically functioning brain, where matters spiritual and divine become totally clear within our consciousness; when Christ nature makes itself fully known at personal experiential level. Right side brain entry through meditation is absolutely where scripture is guiding each of us, and has nothing whatever to do with formal religions and literal, historical stories.

Great article, Josh,




Joshua Tilghman March 4, 2017 at 10:31 am

Raymond, thanks for the comment. And I’d like to add here that you have some excellent writing on the subject yourself, and anyone interested in meditation and what it can truly do for the individual would benefit from your work. Feel free to put any links to your writing in this comment section in case others want to check out your writing! And by the way, I believe I finally got your comment situation fixed this morning. Again, sorry and I have no idea why Wordpress gets so fickle sometimes. Blessings!


Steven Klassen March 4, 2017 at 5:57 am

Josh, I hear your spirit words here and confirm this as truth. The mystery of Zion, the mountain of God is revealed as many are awakening to meditation. In the last days many shall come and say, come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, TO THE HOUSE of the god of Jacob, and there He will teach us His ways and we will learn of his paths. For the law will go forth from Jerusalem.” The house in the top of the mountain reveals the New Jerusalem. This is the call to go UP and into meditation and enter the Holy of Holies in the top of the mountain.
Going up as seen in many allegories of meditating in His Presence. i.e. Moses goes up to the mountain alone, Disciples have truth revealed to them twice in UPPER ROOM, Transfiguration on the mountain, truth was revealed. I will set my eyes to the HILLS from whence comes my help. All these and more reveal the call to enter into setting our mind on things above. The pattern given in meditation by Moses on the Mountain shows a pattern of meditation. Each of the seven pieces of furniture reveal seven upward heading levels of consciousness opening our mind to our true identity as God. Faithful pursuit of consciousness using this seven step pattern will bring the meditator into life lived within the veil. Words can only create an outline of this experience. One must enter the east gate personally and daily to be taught and experience the wonder and power of the tabernacle within. I did an art show seven or so years ago to try and express some of what I was experiencing in mediation on the tabernacle. It was the only way I could imagine to express the beauty of what I was experiencing.
I put it on line for anyone interested to look at. Please take some time and watch the video, I know it will confirm many things which all you here are experiencing. In Oneness..
steven http://www.vimeo.com/channels/tabernaclemeditation


Joshua Tilghman March 4, 2017 at 10:26 am

So true, Steven! Meditation is the key to unlocking so many doors of our understanding. And thanks for putting up that link. Going to check it out now.


Homer March 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

Joshua, I was going to comment about the four and twenty elders (Rev 4) and how they relate to the pair of 12 cranial nerves, But that was covered in the link you provided. https://jacobisrael.com/tag/cranial-nerves/

Your articles are excellent for anyone who is searching for answers.


Joshua Tilghman March 4, 2017 at 10:24 am

Homer, thanks. Hopefully I can keep writing quite a bit. And yes, Jacob has some excellent articles on his site. I hope you enjoy!


Dangerous Christian March 4, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Another great post Josh. I too heard that the Bible is really a book about oneself and their spiritual journey upwards. Many of the “historical” tidbits are allegories of the human condition. Peace!


Joshua Tilghman March 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm

So true! Thanks for commenting.


Frank March 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Your article about the human brain and meditation thrilled me. I believe this is the deepest and most profound truth that is hidden in the bible. One can study the Hebrew alphabet, the Greek language, and other notable biblical sources and still fall short of this sacred mystery…. The Bible is about the human brain and meditation. It is no coincidence our modern medical dictionaries totally agree with the bible.
You wrote that the “lightbulbs began to go off” when you read Bill Donahue’s material. I can also say that “lightbulbs” went off when I watched Bill Donahue’s videos on YouTube. This guy blew my mind with things that I never heard before… but they made so much sense. He interprets the bible from a metaphysical, mystical, and esoteric perceptive. His “blue shirt” videos were recorded years ago to a very small group of people, but now thousands of people throughout the world are tuned in to his message on the internet. He promotes the idea that the authors of the bible were not writing about historical people but about mental aspects or thoughts in our mind. For example, there was no historical pharaoh in Egypt but there is a “pharaoh” in our minds who wants to keep us in bondage to our carnal nature. I could tell you more about Bill Donahue but it would not do justice to his message and his ability to teach the hidden meanings in the bible. If you want the “lightbulbs to go off” check out his “blue shirt” videos on YouTube. Here is one of Bills videos about meditation…


Joshua Tilghman March 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm


Really appreciate the link and comment. Blessings.


Robert March 5, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Josh, Great article. Didn’t know anything about Bill Donahue before you introduced this. He has quite a website and personal testimony. I think you may have a lot in common with him questioning what you were taught about the bible at a young age, and having that issue reassert itself later.

I have found in my own life that meditation helped me get in touch more with intuition that was already there but drowned out by becoming too analytically active. The Left Brain/Right Brain theory is still very popular today but finding more and more challenges. As a teacher, you might find this article interesting: http://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/neuromyth6.htm

Many people, myself included, are greatly benefitted from your encouagement to find the God within. You might want to look up the lyrics to Bob Dylans “Trust Yourself”. There are times when we should not trust ourselves, of course. But when we are propelled throughout our lives to seek answers, and we start to find something that makes sense to us, and our minds start to find patterns that reinforce this, all the patterns we find do not always have to be factually correct. Something more perfect within us guides our yet to be perfected self when we seek to be perfected. Namaste.


jacomina March 6, 2017 at 12:08 am

Thank you. Fabulous worthy insights. Thank you.



jacomina March 6, 2017 at 12:08 am

Thank you. Fabulous worthy insights.



Joshua Tilghman March 7, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Thank you for reading, Jacomina!


David March 6, 2017 at 7:22 am

Thanks for this article and the others!!! This blog is a gold mine for me as I’m new to this. I was a traditional christian for about 40 years now, and even an elder two years ago. I started to discover the truth throught physical vibrations during chanting, premonial dreams and aswell tinglings on the front of my head; I was first thinking this was comming from the Holy Spirit but I discovered that was all about the consciousness, the pineal gland and the brain. I’ve yet 10000 questions about a lot of things in the Bible, and some rossicrucians teachings, the videos of Bill Donahue and this blog helped to find answers. Thanks. Currently, I’m trying to find the best way to meditate, and was interrested by the transcendental meditation but don’t know if it’s the good way to go. Maybe have you some advices.

Thanks to share the truth that makes us free.



Robert March 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm

Steven’s suggestion for meditation is a new one for me. I am eager to try it. The concept of going deeper and deeper provides motivation toward reaching a target and might maintain interest. I started mediation using simple breathing and continually refocusing on the pressure in my nostrils. There is a section on Meditation on this website between “Archives” and “About Me”. The books by Jon Cabot Zinn there are useful for starters and listed there. Its good to hunt around until you find something that works best for you. Believe it or not, there is also a book “Mindfulness for Dummies.” For people who really have a hard time slowing down, there are many kinds of guided mediations, some with talking, some with background condusive music. There is no end to them when you google. Eventually the idea is to ween off of being guided into an altererd state, but to do it solo because the act of doing that is what is most effective in changing your brain for the better, like being more aware of connectivity with your envrionment and people in it, and becoming more natural at dwelling in the now moment when doing so would benefit you. People who find it hard to keep still after trying everything under the sun can sometimes get the same effect from yoga. Meanwhile, thank you Steven for the primer.


Steven Klassen March 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

Robert, the beauty of this awakening to meditation for every man is that it seems to be a pulsating, living, ever changing entity. I am finding that each day is different as I enter the gate to the New Jerusalem within. I may spend an hour on one of the pieces of furniture in the tabernacle and hear the voice within drawing me and releasing revelation to me from a holy place within. I use different chants, Om, Hu, I am that I am, Gregorian Chants or ambient sounds. Each day is new and exciting. The power of the voice flowing from the Holy Of Holies gets ahold of you and leads you in. When I can’t concentrate, I often begin at the base of the spine and the altar of sacrifice. Mediation on the death the power of the tree of knowing good and evil seems to zero in on the reason for not finding the trance state you are seeking in meditation. As the power is released from this first piece of furniture it seems to explode with a voice which is not my own, a voice which takes you where you are destined to be for that particular day. I sometimes use Psalm 23 as a pattern for meditation…”The Lord is my Shepherd, I SHALL NOT WANT…..to not want is meditative bliss. We read these things so fast they slip away…to lie down in green pastures….the meditative state…We are all growing and learning together…the best to you on your journey…


Joshua Tilghman March 7, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Awesome conversation guys. Thanks for the additions.


Joshua Tilghman March 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm

David, you are welcome. But just remember, what the traditional church has deemed the Holy Spirit isn’t necessarily correct when it comes to application and its confusing terminology. The true aspect of the Holy Spirit and what it really is has a central part to play in all this. You can find out more in the search bar. Blessings!


Steven Klassen March 6, 2017 at 10:52 am

David, I find that using the seven pieces of furniture in the tabernacle pattern to be a good way to progress into the Holy of Holies within the brain. It gives you a framework and a type of roadmap to meditate. I put a “primer” on line to show how it can be done. Each day using it is very different and it progressively goes deeper with time. If you want to try it please feel free to use it and click on the mediation audio I put on a friends site. http://www.sigler.org/klassen


winston March 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

Hi. Josh.
My name is winston from south africa. I have been following your posts for about 2 years now and i must say that i am blown away . I’m so addicted to your site.

I am black man in my early 30’s and i have always been
searching about life, God and spiritual realm.

Now i have been trying to link the information you sharing with us on this platform, with african ancestoral believes. I still cant find anything.
Please help if you can. I hope i am clear. If you find my question not clear, please email me. Regards Winston mbelu



Joshua Tilghman March 7, 2017 at 6:35 pm


Thanks for reaching out, and thanks for the encouraging words. I think I may understand your search. One piece of encouragement I might add that you might appreciate is that much of the Old Testament also comes from ancient Egyptian beliefs. Don’t get me wrong, the ancient Jewish Rabbis refined this information and brilliantly and originally came up with many systems of spirituality that explain the spiritual and physical world in a highly sophisticated and intelligent manner, but there is nothing new under the sun. In ancient Egypt we can learn so much! Contact me via the contact form if you’d like. Blessings.


Chelsea March 7, 2017 at 2:35 pm


I have been awaiting a post such as this. I absolutely love this and wish that this was what modern religion would focus on rather than the shallowness of what it actually is… Topics like this leave me speechless but nodding my head with a resounding “YES!” I have zero contentions because I know this to be Truth. You always do a beautiful job of expressing words and ideas that can easily be confounded and confusing for those learning of such mind expanding knowledge. I desire to share these truths with friends and family yet my words seem to fall short – the Truth really does sound of foolishness to those who do not know. What relief and mental freedom it is to come across this esoteric knowledge after living a life in chains to religion. Namaste!!


Joshua Tilghman March 7, 2017 at 6:37 pm


Great to hear from you again! And I understand where you are coming from when it comes to traditional religious ideas. There is a beautiful story behind it, but it is so shallow and really gives us no application to better ourselves except through a base hope. Hope is good, and necessary, but one has to dig deeper to discover true applicable meat. Many blessings!


Agatha March 17, 2017 at 2:05 am

Joshua, thank you for your post.it is very enlightening.i am reading the Course in Miracles and it is based in the sane philosophy. I am reading the bible at the same time. I am very confused though with all the miracles mentioned in the bible. Please help. Do you think that each one of them has a non literal meaning? Also doing good deeds doesn’t seem to be very important under this spirit of interpretation but why does the bible insists on them so much? Is it because until we forgive tje world we are not inwardly free and at peace? Why does it advise on relationships between married couples etc. Is it the marriage of spirit and soul it talks about? All the miracles of Jesus then were not literally true? Then has religion got it all wrong? Thanks


James March 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm

Great Article Josh!!! Very well written….and absolute truth !!!

Thanks and please don’t stop writing !

James G


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